Memorable Moments from the French Open 2017

Memorable Moments from the French Open 2017

by | Jun 13, 2017 | Blog, Tennis

In the wake of what proved to be a thrilling tournament, we thought we’d look back at some of the most memorable moments from the French Open. It was tough to choose. Roland Garros had it all this year – suspense, triumph, disappointment, shock – and we were glued to our TV screens throughout. So, without further ado, here’s our pick of the most memorable moments from the French Open… A first round defeat for a top seed Germany’s Angelique Kerber made a disappointing start to the tournament – in fact, just about as disappointing as you can get. The number one-ranked Kerber crashed out on the first day, losing 6-2 6-2 to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova. The defeat made her the first women’s top seed to lose in the opening round at Roland Garros since the sport turned professional in 1968. An emotional victory Steve Johnson sank to his knees and cried after beating Croatian Borna Ćorić in a dramatic second round match. Johnson’s father, Steve Johnson Sr, died unexpectedly at the age of 58 earlier this month. 27-year-old American Johnson, ranked 26th in the world, told the Tennis Channel: “I just miss my dad. “I wish he was following along – I know he is from upstairs – but it’s just so emotional, it’s hard to describe.” Johnson had already managed to overcome his emotions to beat Japan’s Yūichi Sugita in the first round, coming back from losing a third set tie-break at 2-0 up to clinch a victory the next day in the fifth. Johnson wasn’t the only one to succumb to his feelings following the second...
Turning a corner: Who are the best young tennis players?

Turning a corner: Who are the best young tennis players?

It’s been a rough few months for tennis… It began with serious allegations of widespread match-fixing. This was followed by the news that Maria Sharapova, one of the world’s most popular and best known female athletes had failed a drug test at the Australian Open – prompting speculation about widespread doping in tennis. When things seemingly couldn’t get worse, a prize money / gender equality squabble erupted at Indian Wells, and it looks to have somewhat tarnished the name of the sport’s leading man, Novak Djokovic. Pretty full-on stuff, we’re sure you’ll agree. However, spring has finally sprung, and with the (little bit of) sunshine (!) comes fresh excitement for the European summer and what’s set to be a thrilling series of tournaments – not least, our two favourite Grand Slams. With Sharapova and Djokovic under scrutiny, who are the likely future custodians of the sport? Who are the best young tennis players to look out for over the coming months? The nearly men: Could this be their summer? Three players who have become household names among tennis fans are Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, and Nick Kyrgios. All three have featured in the latter stages of Grand Slams, and with an average age of 23, they’re set to be potent forces on the ATP tour for years to come. Nishikori’s career high ranking of no.4 in 2015 makes him the best ranked of the trio. The first ever male player from an Asian country to reach a Grand Slam singles final; he’s won 11 singles titles and was runner-up at the 2014 US Open Nishikori plays most comfortably at...
Barcelona: A City Guide

Barcelona: A City Guide

The capital of Catalonia has much more to offer than sandy beaches, tasty Sangria and the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Doménech i Montaner. As well as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the city offers various sports events throughout the year. Well known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics, the city offers an exciting football season, a fab Grand Prix weekend and a competitive tennis tournament. When the sleepy Barcelona opens its eyes in the early warm summer mornings, there’s nothing better than strolling down La Rambla – the tree-lined pedestrian mall stretching for almost a mile. Or perhaps, having an early drink on the beach (it’s a holiday, it’s allowed!). Most sporting events start either early afternoon on in the evening, giving the perfect opportunity to use the mornings for relaxing, discovering Barcelona’s cultural heritage sites and some retail therapy. Read on for more info on sports travel in Barcelona. An exceptional footballing pedigree   We’re six months into the current La Liga season, with its culmination coming on 15th May. Barcelona, the defending champions, have been typically prolific this season, with Neymar winning the player of the month gong in November and Luis Suarez being the top goalscorer with 20 goals (and without biting anyone!) Furthermore, the club equalled its own Spanish record of being unbeaten in 28 consecutive matches. Attendances at the majestic Camp Nou continue to dwarf much of Europe – there were over 93,000 people watching Barcelona v Atletico Madrid on 30th January. Barcelona are currently top and are expected to be crowned champions on May 15th, but with Atletico Madrid in second place with...